Break out the breakfast cereal – it’s too good not to!
Cereal is a delicious way to get the most out of your breakfast. Just pour the milk, add cereal and your favourite fresh fruit, and there you have it. A balanced breakfast, packed with important nutrients in just a few minutes. Go on, dig in!
No grain, no gain
Breakfast cereal is made mainly from grains, and not only do they taste great - when eaten with milk or yogurt, they give you a wide range of nutrients, including carbohydrates, protein, fat, sugar, fiber and several vitamins and minerals. And if you choose a cereal made with whole grain, you’re getting even more of your body’s needs met. Because all the edible parts of the grains are still there, they’re a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, starch and other nutrients.
Fortify your diet
Most breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals. This makes them an even more nutritious choice, helping the whole family meet their recommended daily amounts of certain nutrients. For example, some cereals contain added calcium, which is important for children’s bone growth and development. So, together with milk, they give you more of the good stuff!
Did you know?
A recent European study of teenagers aged between 12 and 17 showed that cereal eaters were getting more calcium than their friends who chose other food for breakfast – and they beat them on magnesium, B vitamins like folate (B9), vitamin B12 or riboflavin (B2), and fibre at breakfast tooNot a bad morning’s work.
Food of gods and kings
In Asia, the Amaranth grain is known as ‘king seed’ and ‘seed sent by God’.
Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-wa’, is a whole grain that was highly prized by the ancient Incas – they called it ‘gold of the Incas’.
Is it all about sweetness?
The sweet truth about cereal and sugar:
Sugar in cereals contributes less than 5% of daily sugar intakes. Nestlé has reduced the amount of sugar but kept the taste and fun in cereal!
Find out more about cereal and sugar.
- Learn more about whole grain and nutrients http://wholegraingoodness.hgca.com/guide-to-wholegrain/wholegrain-nutrie...
- Michels N, De Henauw S, Breidenassel C et al (2015) European adolescent ready-to-eat-cereal (RTEC) consumers have a healthier dietary intake and body composition compared with non-RTEC consumers. Eur J Nutr. Jun;54(4):653-64.
- ^ Learn more about whole grain and nutrients http://www.wholegraingoodness.com/wholegrain-health-benefits/wholegrain-...
- ^ Michels N, De Henauw S, Breidenassel C et al (2015) European adolescent ready-to-eat-cereal (RTEC) consumers have a healthier dietary intake and body composition compared with non-RTEC consumers. Eur J Nutr. Jun;54(4):653-64.
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How can I find foods made with whole grain?
Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too. It’s easy to know if a Nestlé breakfast cereal is made with whole grain: just look out for the Green Banner and whole grain tick on top of the box.
What should be in a complete breakfast?
A complete breakfast should include a balance of nutrients from each of the major food groups. As a guide, it might look like this: • 1 grain-based starchy food • 1 dairy food • 1 portion of fresh fruit • 1 glass of water • Optionally, an additional source of protein Nestlé breakfast cereals are a nutritious breakfast choice as they are: • A source of fiber and whole grain • Low in fat (most have low levels of all types of fat, including saturates) • Fortified with vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, calcium and iron • A lower calorie per kilojoule, fat and sugar choice than many other breakfast food options
Do breakfast cereals contain too much saturated fat?
No. Breakfast cereals aren’t a major source of saturated fats, and contain no added trans fats. Some grains, such as oats, can be higher in fats – but these are naturally present in the grain, and tend to be ‘good’ fats, not saturated fats.
Can processed foods be made with whole grain?
Yes. If a food product has the word “whole” listed on its ingredient label – wholewheat pasta or wholemeal bread, for example, then you know it’s been made with whole grain flour, even if the other ingredients are processed. By the way, even whole grains need to be processed: removing the inedible outer husk makes them safe to eat. But they’re less processed than refined grains, which require additional steps to remove the bran and germ.
Do breakfast cereals really make a significant contribution to vitamin and mineral intakes?
Research shows that adults and children who regularly eat fortified breakfast cereals are more likely to reach their daily requirements of vitamins and minerals, including the B Vitamins and Iron. Eating whole grain breakfast cereal with milk is a nutritious way to start the day and can be part of a healthy, balanced diet.
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